Day in history for March 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Atkinson was named foreman of Rescue Hose Company, No. 4. Other officers are: Assistant foreman, Nicholas Newton; treasurer, Peter Frey, and secretary, Henry Rosenfield.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Athion Club gave a musical at the home of Mrs. J.F. Robinson for the benefit of the high school library.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Kiwanis Club voted support for the plan to erect a new city hall and levee through a bond issue.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The shortage of labor in the Quad-Cities is becoming steadily more critical and no quick solution is now in sight, Earl Woodring, manager of the Illinois employment office in Moline, said today. Government contract work in large volume has combined with normal production to soak up the supply of skilled workers and put a premium on their services.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Police Benevolent Association's request for permission to have two pinball machines installed in the basement of the police station was denied by the city council. Pinball machines were legalized by the council Jan. 5 after being outlawed for 18 years. The association proposed to use the two pinball machines for the relaxation of policemen when off duty. City Manager Raymond Botch felt that the machines would not be good for public image since groups of students tour the facilities.

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